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5 Tips on how you can re-use your Wedding Flowers

If you’re planning a wedding or have been to one you know that the flowers are such a big part of the day, and so they should they’re bloody gorgeous! But once the party is over what can you do with them?  Sadly 99% of the flowers end up in the bin which is such a waste and makes me sad.  I wanted to advise you on the different things you can do to re-purpose them.

1.  Gift them to your guests

It’s such a lovely idea to be able to hand out the beautiful blooms to your besties and family.  It might sound obvious but it does involve a bit of preparation and organisation.  Start collecting jars and some string and bunch up the leftover flowers and hand them out.

Not only is this a lovely gift but it might save you the florist set down fee if you can remove the flowers from the venue – just don’t give away their vessels.

Table Centrepiece – Remove the focal flowers and some foliage and pop into jars – a great gift idea

2. Dry them

There are many flowers in your bouquet and arrangements that will dry beautifully and you can re-create them into dried floral designs such as bouquets, flower crowns or wreaths.  Flowers that dry well; Roses, Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Strawflower and Limoniem to name just a few.

You don’t need anything fancy, just some string and somewhere to hang them from upside down.  Simply bunch them up and hang them upside down, check every couple of days, gently touch to work out if they’re ready.

Share the floral love with local care homes and hospice

3. Donate them to Care Homes

This is something I’m a big advocate of, especially during the pandemic.  In fact, if I ever have leftover flowers from an event I always try and donate them to my local Care Home.

They always bring joy and a bit of cheer.

4. Make Pot Pourri

Why not make your own fragrant Pot-Pourri?  Dry out your flower heads with some lemon or orange peel and a few sprinkles of your favourite essential oils.  Bake for a couple of hours on really low heat, make sure all the ingredients are completely dry, you don’t want any moisture, take it out and leave to cool and all done!

5. Preserve them in Resin

You could give this a go yourself or there are lots of companies out there that can make custom resin lettering using your wedding flowers.

I hope this helps and give you a few ideas on what you can do with the beautiful flowers after the event.  Let’s try and not let any go to unnecessary waste!  If you have any other tips please let me know!

Jemma x

Photos courtesy of Sophie at Wyldbee and Sara Ribera

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